Last Hurrah

by Daisy on 02/26/2015

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It snowed yesterday, temperatures wavering just below freezing. The snow fell on a thin crust of frozen ground, below which oozed a molten muck of the kind only a week of thawing sleet and ice can create; the kind of mud ordinary shoes are hopeless against, the kind of mud you take one sliding step in and think, ‘this is serious, I need to back it up.’

But early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to do its thing, there is enough of that temporary crust to walk around and survey the garden.

As usual, the cat walked one-half step in front so as not to miss an opportunity for some pant leg action. One would think the first time she got accidentally trod upon would have been the last, but she has a short memory, a masochistic streak, or a courageous, forgiving nature.  Whatever her reasons, I spend a lot of my time in the garden stepping in what looks like a jerky, off-kilter, Christopher Walken-style dance. I very seldom actually trip on the cat, but I often appear ridiculous.

There wasn’t much to see, but I saw the French sorrel has still got its game face on:


And it was kind of muffled, but I think the daffodils were asking if they could move to Florida.


I’m glad I took the pictures early because it’s now in the 40’s and the snow is already gone. It was pretty while it lasted, but like the daffodils, I do much better without a coating of ice and am glad it’s gone. Bring on spring.

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G Morgan February 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

Since I won’t see the tips of my daffys and sorrel for another two months or more (most likely more, looking at the calendar :-/ ), I am enjoying your photos.
Kitty just wants to make sure you are close by when their feet get too cold – prepare for leaping-into-your-arms-feline!

Daisy February 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm

G Morgan–Two months! I’m feeling more grateful now. Wishing you an early spring.

G Morgan February 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Daisy, thank you for the good wishes, but late springs and short summers are normal here. Too early a spring means drought and forest fires.
And this cold makes us all a lot tougher ;-P ha!

Daisy February 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

G Morgan–Yikes! I’ll bet it makes you very tough. Stay warm inside anyway!

Cinnamon Vogue February 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I like the part about the ” Christopher Walken-style dance “. Bring on the video Daisy. 🙂 But I am amazed that the French sorrel got the game face on.

Daisy February 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm


SeedyLawyer March 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

I love your story and pictures! Isn’t is awesome to see some hope of spring popping from under the snow? Cant’ wait til spring! Cheers! Lisa

Daisy March 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Lisa–Thank you! Those signs of spring are keeping me going. One more hurdle to pass this week–freezing temps midweek, then I’m calling it spring.

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